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Chicopee fire department holds demonstration for home fire sprinklers

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When a fire starts, occupants have just minutes to evacuate.

Sprinklers can help stop flames from spreading and could save a life.

Today, the Chicopee Fire Department along with the state fire marshal put the technology to the test.

"The demonstration today," stated Chicopee Fire Chief Dean Desmarais. "Was for home fire sprinklers, which is kind of like having a firefighter in your home and it extinguishes it quite rapidly."

While fire prevention is the best first line of defense, sprinkler technology can
make a big difference.

It takes less than two minutes for a mock living room to be torched.

“Today’s common materials," State Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey told us. “They burn hot and they burn fast. You don’t have a lot of time to get out.”

Chicopee Fire Department performed the safety demonstration Saturday morning., driving the point that sprinklers can save lives.

Back in March, a father and two toddlers lost their lives in a fire on Belmont Avenue in Springfield.

A few days later, a man was killed in a fire in a Palmer apartment building.

Both buildings did not have a sprinkler system.

While no one will know if sprinklers could have spared these lives, they have proven effective in slowing the growth of a fire.

In the Commonwealth, 216 people have died in single family homes or duplexes between 2006 and 2015.

None of those dwellings had sprinklers.

Of course, sprinkler systems aren’t free, but the cost is roughly one to two percent of the home’s development.

Many homeowners insurance carriers will offer a discount on their policy for homes equipped with sprinklers.

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